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Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…

12/12/2010

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton

Motivational Tips: Blossom, bloom... and grow

REFLECTIONS
As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort.
I don’t know about you, but this has been a trying year for me; with its share of ups and downs… What I have learned is that while we might not be able to choose the overall circumstances of events in our lives, we are fully able to choose our responses to them. Choosing a clearheaded, positive mental attitude is one option, choosing to not be a doormat is another. What have you chosen to date? How do you plan to shift directions?

A LinkedIn friend once posed the question: “You alone are responsible for your happiness” – Do you agree with this? I read the question and agreed that we choose our happiness. Definitely, we have a choice in how we wish to react to situations; welcoming happiness, like wallowing in misery, is a choice. To think otherwise is … to open the door to more misery.

I have pulled together twelve positive, motivational tips to help us all navigate our way into the coming year with the energy and anticipation of great things coming our way. Is there a tip you’d like me to add? Are there things you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll add more to our list. Did you include any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!

“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” Hecato, Greek philosopher

A CALL TO ACTION
• Be thankful for the good in your life and maintain a positive attitude; the economy might suck but don’t let your attitude suck too. ♥♥♥
• Re-frame and refocus your personal goals; renew them as you progress through the year. Blossom and bloom like beautiful exotic flowers…♥♥♥
• Maintain a healthy mind-body-spirit lifestyle; eat, drink, party and exercise in moderation and get plenty of rest. ♥♥♥
Breathe … deeply. Renew your prayer life, meditate, contemplate, and push through the quagmire of life’s dark days. ♥♥♥
Expand your mind; read more and read widely, travel, connect with others, be a friend, love boldly. ♥♥♥
• Embrace new opportunities with joy and enthusiasm, develop deep links with your connections, and execute your plans with solid, achievable goals in hand. ♥♥♥
• Explore ways to grow your networking social ties; make new friends and business connections through online social networks and offline events. Try Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Flickr, BlogFarm, SITSGirls, Stumbleupon, ActiveRain, Plaxo, Triiibes, Comluv, Timespeople and more. ♥♥♥
Engage your muse and learn a new skill, a language, skydiving, a new field of study, an exercise routine; formulate an exercise regimen that empowers you and produces results. ♥♥♥
• Commit to always act from a place of excellence; do your best work and update your knowledge base and skills set regularly. In your job hunt/search, remember to send a handwritten thank you note after each interview!♥♥♥
• Offer your talents and gifts in service to others; volunteer with a local charity and give back to your community. ♥♥♥
• Teach what you know and keep an open mind to learn more about what you don’t know…♥♥♥
Love who you are and what you are becoming and treat yourself and others with compassion and grace. ♥♥♥

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” Miguel de Cervantes

END NOTES
Again, Is there a tip you’d like me to add to the list above? Are there items on the list that you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll update mine? Do you have any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!
♥♥♥ Sending everyone Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year blessings!

PHOTO CREDITS:
Picture of tropical flowers via ars.usda

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/12/2010 3:12 am

    wow…are there really that many social networks and blog forums out there? I had no idea. It’s all I can do to keep up with the few I use daily.
    My first resolution is to be kinder to myself. Like you, I’ve had a year of big ups and downs. I don’t usually wallow in self-pity, but that’s how I feel at the moment. So I’m literally ‘slapping’ myself out of it. Time to move forward!
    Thanks for the post!

    • 13/12/2010 6:44 pm

      There are even tons more social networking sites that I didn’t list. I only added the ones I’m involved in… Phew!
      Kinder to self… true for me too.
      Hope you are recovering well :-)
      E

  2. Bree permalink
    13/12/2010 6:04 am

    This is an inspired post and I love the underlying message about selfcare.
    It has been a very difficult year for many but we can push through with a healthy attitude.
    The tips are a blessing to us all.
    May your 2011 be abundant and blessed!
    B

    • 13/12/2010 6:46 pm

      Blessings to you too… Self-care is important for 2011. Too many people hurting, suicides, loss and more. We all need grace and compassion… Amen
      Thank you B

  3. 13/12/2010 9:36 am

    The beauty of the order of nature is that we can all resolve to make a new beginning, each and every day of our lives…January 1 is just an arbitrary date. Even if a person followed only one of your twelve motivational tips, their life in the coming year would be improved. Thank you for a simple and thoughtful list that will empower anyone. I love that you suggest we look inward as well as outward and share our gifts with the world.

    • 13/12/2010 6:39 pm

      Well said Vivian; every day is an opportunity for change…
      Humans are creatures of habit so we like those reminders of holidays and special days.
      Love your blog and will visit again. Thanks for your visit. :-)
      Happy Holidays!
      E

  4. 13/12/2010 2:08 pm

    Very nice blog, lots going on that i will enjoy. I joined your email subscribers.

    Thanks for following my Channeling Ricky blog and for the visit!

    • 13/12/2010 6:37 pm

      Thank you Sharon, I love connecting with other bloggers; it makes it an interactive effort.
      Will stop by and visit you again. :-)
      Happy Holidays!
      E

  5. 14/12/2010 4:35 pm

    Happy Holidays!
    Buone vacanze!
    Joyeuses Fêtes!
    ハッピーバカンス!
    节日快乐!
    أعيادا سعيدة!
    С праздником!
    تعطیلات مبارک!
    हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
    ¡Felices Fiestas!
    גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
    Շնորհավոր Տոն!
    Boas festas!
    Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for your comments!
    Elizabeth

  6. Bree permalink
    15/12/2010 6:15 am

    Beautiful to read it in several langauges! Thank you for sending out well wishes; so many need this type of comfort now.
    I am glad to connect with you and see how, despite your own challenges, you constantly reach for the light and find words of wisdom to motivate others!
    Your encouraging heart confirms to me that our lives don’t have to ber perfect for us to cheer others on.
    You are and angel. God bless you richly in 2011.

  7. subrat permalink
    30/12/2011 7:34 pm

    It is now end of the year 2011 and there are less than 24 hours left to begin the new year 2012 so I wish a very great new year and a bright future ahead to everyone… hope this new year will help you to achieve what you want in your life. Start your year with a big smile and a song on your lips and see the magic. Read some motivational quotes and feel them and that will make your life beautiful… dream and make them new ideas and implement them because dreams if not implemented becomes wishes which can’t be fulfilled … wish you once again a great year ahead. :-)

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